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Maipei’s debut album "Hey Hey" comes out September 23rd.

Listen to a live stream of it at NPR.

Live and Acoustic: Y’Akoto Performs “Perfect Timing”.

Perfect Timing, the debut single from her latest album Moody Blues,put me on to the German-Ghanaian singer Y’Akoto's music thanks to it's superfun, colourful and carefree story-telling video shot in Accra, and of course, Y'Akoto's incredibly rich and soulful voice.

As we’re taken on a musical journey through the sights and sounds ofeveryday Accra, we’re accompanied by Y’akoto’s band of road bikers and bmx riders, each one stylishly dressed in a mixture of contemporary cuts, ankara fabrics and wax print threads. But once the video ends, it’s Y’Akoto’s singing that sticks with you. Perfect Timing is perfectly catchy with the right doses of pop, soul, and lite jazz.

Scrounging the internet for live renditions of the song, I came across this gem and decided to make a playlist of some of her other acoustic and live sessions.

Enjoy!

Asa Preforms Live for Deezer Sessions.

Hear Asa perform ever-before-heard live versions of her songs Jailer, Dead Again and How Did Love Find Me.

Her album Bed Of Stone is out!

Live and Acoustic: Hear Asa Perform Songs From Her New Album “Bed Of Stone”.

Paris-based Nigerian musician Asa is back with her fourth album Bed Of Stone powered by her anthemic leading single Dead Again.

The album, released on August 25th this year, sounds everything like the Asa we’ve come to know and love - sentimental heartfelt lyrics guided by her melodic guitar playing and a voice that will pull at your heartstrings with every note, regardless of the subject she’s singing about. These are the things that make her acoustic performances so amazing.

Jamming in Berlin for DerTagesspiegel, Asa sings and soulfully serenades us with a few songs from her new and previous albums.

Track listing:

  • Fire on the mountain
  • Dead Again
  • Situation

NEW MUSIC: Kid Sister/Jane Jupiter - “Higher”.

Wasn’t it only last week that I said I was glad that Kid Sister was back? Seriously, the rap game needs her dynamism, especially with this new alter ego she’s adopted, Jane Jupiter.

In her second official unveiling of Ms. Jupiter, Kid Sister is all 70s disco meets 80s electro meets 90s R&B meets 00s rap queen sensibilities. The things about it all is that works (thanks in part to production from Dam-Funk and Chad Hugo). She doesn’t look the least bit out of her element, despite looking a whole lot different to the Kid Sister that had the most fabulous nails in town, and once worked at a doughnut store.

Higher is taken from her concept EP DUSK2DAWN: The Diary of Jane Jupiter.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Kwabs - “Walk”.

Although this is the most “commercial” I’ve seen Kwabs look, straying a little from his earlier more soulful records, he still manages to pull it off thanks to his rich vocals. There really isn’t anyone that sounds like him so any chance to hear his voice is always refreshing.

Speaking of hearing more of him, there’s talk of a new EP!

NEW MUSIC: Sauti Sol - “Sura Yako” (Official Video).

If you never paid attention to Sauti Sol before 2014, then this is the year that you finally should.

After beautifully seducing us with their video for Nishike, the boys started a Lipala dance hype that shows no signs of stopping thanks to their single Sura Yako, and the instructional dance video that came with it. Fans from their home country of Kenya and all around the world have recorded videos of them doing the dance, leading in part to the band being nominated for a Kenyan Social Media Award in the category of f Best Use of Social Media for Entertainment.

Already a hit, Sauti Sol have now released the official visuals for Sura Yako and I’m tempted to say it’s their best yet, thanks to Kenyan director Enos Olik. Sung in Swahili with an infectious Soukous melody, Sura Yako is a song that celebrates the joys of love and beauty - something the video captures so well.

OK, off I go to do the Lipala dance.

Dynamic Africa: Global Music Events Listing (Sept. 12th, 2014).

Concerts and music performances happening all around the world.

Salif Keita Acoustic US Tour

Malian music legend Salif Keita will be embarking on a special acoustic of the United States that kicks off on August 30th at Chicago’s Africa Festival. See all the dates and venues here.

August 30th - September 21st
Various venues, USA

Youssou N’Dour live at BAM

Senegalese music legend and multi-award winning artist Youssou N’Dour will be performing to live shows at Peter Jay Sharp Building in BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.

September 12th & September 13th
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

Mulatu Astatke at the Royal Festival Hall

An evening of the finest in Ethiopian jazz from the master of the genre himself. 

September 13th
Southbank Centre, London

Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz at AfricaUnplugged

Headlined by three of Africa’s hitmakers over the past year - Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz, AfricaUnplugged Music Festival is back for another year boasting dates in both London and Manchester.

AfricaUnplugged hits the English capital on September 14th at the O2 Academy Brixton before heading to Manchester on September 21st at the RITZ Manchester.

September 14th
O2 Academy Brixton, London

September 21st
RITZ Manchester, Manchester

Public Enemy at the Brooklyn Bowl

Legendary rap group Public Enemy performing live at the Brooklyn Bowl.

September 16th
Brooklyn Bowl, New York

TV On the Radio US Tour Dates

From the Riot Festival in Denver*, to the Life is Beautiful Festival** in Las Vegas, TVOTR are touring the USA from September through to November, ending at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band will be releasing their first album in three years, Seeds, in the Fall so except new music.

September 19th - November 22nd
Various venues, USA

*other acts at Riot Fest Denv.: Wu-Tang Clang, Big Freedia, Cerebral Ballzy.

**other acts at the LIBF: Outkast, Kanye West, The Weeknd, The Roots, DJ Mustard.

Luke James at SOB’s

Don’t miss out on a chance to see the incredibly talented Luke James performing live in New York.

September 23rd
SOBs, New York

Lake of Stars Music Festival

Malawi’s biggest music festival will be headlined by hit-making South African duo Mafkizolo. The two will be joined by a range of local and international artists for this event taking place along the shores of the beautiful Lake Malawi.

September 26th-28th
Lake Malawi, Malawi

TribeOne Dinkoeng

From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Get to see African and international acts, Fally Ipupa, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Wizkid and AKA, to Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, and J. Cole.

September 26th - 28th
Cullinan, Gauteng

Rocking the Daisies

One of South Africa’s premiere music festivals, Rocking the Daisies is the unofficial official event of the summer. With headlining artists such as MGMT, the Rudimentals, Beatenberg, The Presets, Arno Carstens, and Taxi Violence, Rocking the Daisies this year boasts a number of stages with bands and artists from South Africa and the rest of the world.

October 2nd - 5th
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Kelela European & North American Tour

Kelela’s Fall tour calender kicks off at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris where she’ll be performing at their opening party on October 29th,alongside Hawk House, Shura and Kindness. 

October 29th - December 13th
Various venues, USA

Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz Headline AfricaUnplugged Concerts in England.

Headlined by three of Africa’s hitmakers over the past year - Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz, AfricaUnplugged Music Festival is back for another year boasting dates in both London and Manchester.

AfricaUnplugged hits the English capital on September 14th at the O2 Academy Brixton before heading to Manchester on September 21st at the RITZ Manchester.

This year’s line up includes performances from HNK Gangs, CEO Dancers, Mazi Chucks and a range of various African DJs like DJ Abass and DJ Abrantee.

Early bird tickets are £25 otherwise £35 gets you in.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

Nao Covers Little Dragon’s ‘Ritual Union’.

I’ve been playing Nao’s breakout single ‘So Good’, produced and featuring A.K. Paul, brother of Jai Paul, almost daily since I first heard it in June. Despite following her on both Facebook and Soundcloud in the hopes of hearing more music from her, with the exception of her track Back Porch, no such luck. Until today.

While technically this doesn’t count as a ‘new’ song being a cover, it still comes as a pleasant surprise to hear her cover Little Dragon who she’ll be supporting on tour this fall.

Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz Headline AfricaUnplugged in England.

Headlined by three of Africa’s hitmakers over the past year - Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz, each mutli-award winning artists, Europe’s biggest African music concert is back for another year boasting dates in both London and Manchester.

AfricaUnplugged hits the English capital on September 14th at the O2 Academy Brixton before heading to Manchester on September 21st at the RITZ Manchester.

This year’s line up includes performances from HNK Gangs, CEO Dancers, Mazi Chucks and a range of various African DJs like DJ Abass and DJ Abrantee.

Early bird tickets are £25 otherwise £35 gets you in.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

Moko preforms her song “Missing Love” and blows us all away with this live rendition of her latest ballad.

Missing Love is taken from the singer’s latest EP Gold released on September 7th.

Featuring her hit dance single Your Love and the trip-hop influenced Ceremony, the four track EP is a mixture of various 90s genres and sinfully addictive melodies accompanied by Moko’s incredibly rich and powerful voice.

NEW MUSIC: Sipho the Gift - “Somewhere”.

New school rapper with an old school flow, South African artist Sipho the Gift doesn’t sound like any other hip-hop artist that’s come out of the country’s local scene in a while. That’s what makes him so good.

As this video demonstrates, his music making process is as organic as his sound, and it’s great to see a rapper stripped down and his element.

H/T to Alec Lomami for putting us on!

NEW MUSIC: P-Square ft T.I. - “Ejeajo”.

They’ve collaborated with Akon and Rick Ross in the past, and now Africa’s biggest twins in music P-Square have teamed up with US rapper T.I. 

NEW MUSIC: Junglepussy - “Nah”.

From Twitter to Instagram, I follow Junglepussy’s every move as though my life depends on it. OK, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but this lady is the truth. Her statements of black power and the experiences of black women are the damn truth.

With sun goddess looks and imagery that reminds me of Daughters of the Dust, to important black woman supremacy ideals and natural hair sisterhood sessions, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t itching to be a part of Junglepussy’s clique.

Nah is taken from her debut Satisfaction Guaranteed.